Sunday, November 1, 2009

Banana Cream Pie Snow Balls

It all started with a little bit of love.

Love for pies, for bananas, and for small, mini things.

But like many things we love, they don't always prove to be
what we picture.

So what do we do?  We make icing.

We mix it and mash it.

And we make it into something beautiful and delicious.

And make lots of them, so we can share the beauty with our friends.

Doesn't the snow add a little holiday cheer?

A bit of fun, a bit of snow, and a bit of making something beautiful.

Don't be afraid to eat it.  You can always make more.

Beauty never runs out.

Banana Cream Pie Snow Balls

I tried so hard to make mini pies. I had no mini cupcake pans.  So, plan B.  Fashion my own.  They fell apart.  Plan C.  Make Pie Balls and see if they are any good.  And they were.

2 ready made pie crusts
3/4 cup white sugar
a bit of  teaspoon salt
2 cups of milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
enough vanilla extract to get the job done
4 bananas

(I got this recipe here, but I halved it which made about 25 snow balls.)

  1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, and salt. Add milk in gradually while stirring gently. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly. Keep stirring and cook for about 2 more minutes, and then remove from the burner.
  2. Stir a small quantity of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks, and immediately add egg yolk mixture to the rest of the hot mixture. (Beware! If you don't add it carefully, you can get scrambled eggs into your mix!!) Cook for 2 more minutes; remember to keep stirring. Remove the mixture from the stove, and add butter and vanilla. Stir until the whole thing has a smooth consistency.
  3. Slice bananas into the cooled baked pastry shell. Top with pudding mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes. Chill for an hour.

Because you just end up mashing the pies all together, then I would suggest skipping the part where I cute up individual pies in the shape of a heart, and made mini pies.  Just make one big one, or two, and then let cool.  Mash up in bowl.


Powered Sugar

There are no measurements here, cause you have to eyeball it.  So start with a healthy amount of the powdered sugar and then add milk while mixing little by little.  Make about one cup.

Pour Icing into mashed up pie.

Roll into small balls using your hands, or, with a melon baller.  Whichever you prefer.  Put on a cookie sheet and let sit in refrigerator until completely cool.    When cooled, reshape if needed.  Melt one chocolate bar for baking (choose flavor here wisely) on the stove until it is thick yet think enough to drizzle.  Dip pie balls into chocolate and place on wax paper.  Put back in refrigerator to cool, again.  Once cool, reshape if needed, and add more chocolate if needed.  Sprinkle the coconut while chocolate is still moist, this may be the first time you put chocolate on them, or the second.  Let cool completely.



  1. They totally look like Christmas snow. They turned out so well!

  2. I love banana-whatevers. These so sound good!

  3. Thanks Julia and Teenie! They were delicious, I gave them to my husband's word and they were a hit!

  4. those look amazing! i have to do you bake and photograph at the same time?? i was making some muffins from a box today and totally forgot to take them out of the oven haha...and that was without making art out of them!

  5. I know what you mean! Just the other day I was boiling water, defrosting chicken, and rolling this pie balls and I lit the kitchen on fire. It takes patience, not one of my strong suits. :)